ArcelorMittal Weirton sets recycling day

WEIRTON – ArcelorMittal Weirton officials have announced this year’s community recycling day and waste round-up.

The free events are planned from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the local mill, state Route 2, between Avenues F and G, with intent to encourage local residents to recycle and properly dispose of items not normally collected by a trash hauler.

The event is being held in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan.

Residents are invited to recycle and safely dispose tires, e-waste, cans, plastic, glass and paper, officials said.

“We have hosted this annual community recycling event for several years and have had terrific participation from our neighbors. ArcelorMittal is a major recycler, and steel is the most recycled material in the world. With this event, we are able to extend our commitment to sustainability and help the local community safely and sustainably manage common recyclables metal cans, plastic, glass, paper and other items like e-waste and tires,” said Matt Caprarese, division manager, environmental and utilities, at ArcelorMittal Weirton.

According to the Steel Recycling Institute, in the past 50 years, more than 50 percent of the steel produced in this country has been recycled through the steelmaking process.

Last year, ArcelorMittal Weirton and its partners helped nearly 300 residents safely recycle tires, e-waste, paper, plastic, glass and metal cans at the annual event, officials said.

Items that will be accepted for recycling are aluminum and steel cans; plastic; glass; paper, including cardboard, magazines, etc.; electronic waste, such as computers, microwaves, TVs, VCRs and stereos; universal waste, such as fluorescent light bulbs and small batteries; and tires, 18 inches or less, with a maximum of 10 per person.

Items that will not be accepted are household hazardous wastes such as paint and chemicals; and pharmaceutical/medical waste.

The events are free and open to all Weirton, Brooke County and Hancock County residents. A valid West Virginia driver’s license is required for disposing tires.